Winter Wonderland

For those of you in the Northwest, I send out a big… I feel your pain. It has been over a week now of “Arctic Blast” “Storm 2008” and the myriad of other overly dramatic names given to the storm by local news stations. I can’t believe how much snow is in my front yard and that I haven’t been able to drive my car for 4 days now! Here’s a picture of my scraping off the freezing rain and ice during a blizzard.

Fun times in the Arctic blast!

Fun times in the Arctic blast!

Since being stuck inside, I’ve painted 2 plates, made a bunch of Christmas cards, made a snowflake ornament, wrapped about 15 Christmas presents, checked my facebook more times than I have in the past year, read the Best of Roald Dahl [GREAT read by the way] cleaned my room, did laundry, caught up on some emails and done a lot of Wii and Yoga in my living room. I’m sooo incrediably lucky to live where I’m at because not only do we have a kick butt wood stove but a generator in case we do lose power. It’s pretty stinking sweet. I’m so grateful to be part of the Marquez’s lives and to have them in mine again. Last night we ventured out in the snow to celebrate Zach’s adoption day or his “gotcha day” as it’s called. It’s really amazing to see the kid grow and mature into a really amazing human being. He still tops the list of my all time favorite kids EVER. Here’s some pictures of Zach’s “gotcha day” celebration from last night.

What is it? What is it?!

What is it? What is it?!

Zach gets a camera for Gotcha day!

Zach gets a camera for Gotcha day!

Today I’m waiting to take the train to Seattle or Tacoma rather to spend Christmas with my entire immediate family for the first time since 2002. I can’t believe that we’re actually going to get to spend the holidays together. [weather permitting of course!] If it clears up enough, we’ll head down to Bend on Friday to spend it with my mom’s sister and my cousins at my Grandparent’s house.
After Christmas begins the whirlwind week of Jessica’s nuptials and the first full wedding I’ve ever coordinated. I am excited to see how it turns out and very excited for such a dear friend to be so happy.
This Holiday season, I’ve had quite a lot of time to reflect and have been amazed at the amount of fear that is crippling people. For my job, I talk to people everyday and the stories continue to get bleaker and bleaker. As they walk away from me, I marvel at how they can continue each day, living with out hope. I am amazed once again by the story of our loving savior who came to bring hope to the world as a king born as a baby. I am thankful for so much in my life and this holiday what I want most is to live in the hope of what Christ’s birth means. I hope that you have a spectacular holiday spent warm and dry with loved ones and I will talk to you in 2009!